To swell a progress

from T.S. Eliot – The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock on Rap Genius


In Hamlet, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Osric, and even Polonius aren’t tremendously significant figures in their own right. Prufrock thinks his destiny is similar. He may play a minor role in a larger story, or swell the numbers of a royal court, but he’s basically not a very big deal. He’s like an extra in a film or a hanger-on in an entourage.

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